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Starace named new chair of Sustainable Energy for All administrative board

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) announced that Francesco Starace, chief executive officer and general manager of Enel S.p.A., has been appointed chair of its Administrative Board.

SEforALL is a non-profit international organization that works closely with the United Nations to accelerate and deliver at scale the solutions needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – by 2030. With less than 10 years to meet SDG7, and with increasing urgency for the world to get on track to meet the Paris Agreement climate goals, SEforALL’s role in driving a global clean energy transition has never been more important, according to a press release.

As chair of the Administrative Board – the principal governing body of the organization –Starace will help shape strategy and operations for the organization at the highest levels. He also serves as a member of the UN Global Compact Board of Directors and the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. Starace has been CEO and General Manager of Enel, one of the largest utilities in Europe, since May 2014.

“Energy must be at the heart of the global agenda to lead the world on a more sustainable pathway, focusing multi-stakeholder action especially on renewables and energy efficiency, which are key for delivering on the goals of energy access and climate mitigation,” Starace said. “I am very proud to join SEforALL and to support its efforts for the clean energy transition and to work together toward achievement of SDG 7.

Starace said his main objective as chair is “to cooperate with leading actors to accelerate the critical shift to a more sustainable, modern and accessible energy for all. I have great confidence in SEforALL leadership and its unique strengths to tackle the complexity of the energy challenges and to support ensuring the fundamental right to electricity for everyone, globally.”

“Francesco is a visionary energy leader with a long track record in driving business ambition around climate action, sustainability, and energy access for hundreds of millions of  people around the world who lack it,” said Elizabeth Cousens, vice-chair of the SEforALL Administrative Board and president and CEO of the UN Foundation. “He is a natural choice for this important role at such a critical moment. With SEforALL’s unique mandate from the UN to drive SDG7 action in line with the Paris Agreement, his leadership can help support the organization go even further and faster to achieve our goal of universal energy access.”

The announcement comes after SEforALL released a new three-year business plan to help drive scaled action towards sustainable energy for development and energy transitions. The ambitious plan recognizes the need to strengthen global advocacy while expanding activities that prioritize data-driven decision-making, strategic partnerships and country-specific implementation. 

Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets. It is the largest European utility by ordinary EBITDA and is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with over 86 GW of installed capacity. Enel’s renewables arm, Enel Green Power, has about 46.4 GW of wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower plants installed in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.